The Papillon get their name because their ears look just like butterfly wings. They are lively and absolutely devoted to their owners.
These small dogs are known to be wary of strangers and other unknown dogs unless they are socialised really well from an early age.
Good with Children:
Easy to Train:
Good with Other Pets:
Size: 20-28 cm (8-11 in)
Weight: 4-4.5 kg (9-10 lb)
Coat: Fine, silky and long without an undercoat
Colour: White with patches or tricolour
Lifespan: 14 years
These lovely little dogs love to play and are considered to be alert and lively, they are also described as being friendly and biddable.
These dogs love to play and will burn up a lot of their energy at home doing so. They are considered to have medium exercise requirements with 2 good walks each day being enough to keep them happy and content.
Owners: Are devoted to their owners and will show them lots of affection.
Children: Are really good with children, however they could easily get injured by boisterous children playing.
Other Pets: They are good around other pets including cats.
Strangers: Are wary of strangers unless well socialised.
Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Are good with other unknown dogs if well socialised. Make socialisation part of your training routine from a young age.
What to Watch Out For
These small dogs are known to bark excessively and some might suffer from separation problems. Their silky coat requires daily grooming to prevent mats from forming.
Just three health risks to take note of with this breed including; patellar luxation, eye problems and teeth problems.
The perfect owner for the Papillon will be a gentle person who will give the dog lots of affection with plenty of time to spare to play with the dog. These dogs love to exercise and train so an active person would be best suited to this breed.